The ancestors of the name Ramsdend date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ramsdend family lived in the village of Ramsden found in various locations in England
including the counties of Essex
, Oxford, Lancashire
and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This local
name was originally derived from the Old English word ramden
which refers to those individuals who lived in the small glen.
Early Origins of the Ramsdend family
The surname Ramsdend was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Ramsdend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramsdend research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1665, 1659, 1660, 1648, 1690, 1st and 1689 are included under the topic Early Ramsdend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ramsdend Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ramsdend are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ramsdend include: Ramsden, Ramsdon and others.
Early Notables of the Ramsdend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ramsdend family to Ireland
Some of the Ramsdend family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ramsdend family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ramsdend or a variant listed above: John Ramsden, who came to Virginia in 1642; Margaret Ramsden, who arrived in Barbados with her husband in 1665; and Mary Ramsden, her husband and four children, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1820..